Monday, February 28, 2005
Jesus in the Outfield
Centerfield - Well, last year we finally got what we paid for. After two rather average years,Johnny Damon stepped up and was worth every penny of the $8 million that he made last year. In addition to having the best leadoff hitter not named Ichiro in the game, the Sox had a leader, a mascot, and a figure that everyone could identify with. He called the team a bunch of idiots and it stuck. He showed up to spring training looking like Jesus/a caveman and provided plenty of good natured jokes for the entire year. He got on base, scored runs, stole a few bases, and even managed to smack the ball around quite a bit hitting a career high 20 homers. There is no question that Damon was one of Boston's most valueable players last year. The only question is, can he do it again? Nah, probably not. Who knows, maybe it was the hair and beard (which he still has) that powered him to a great year at the age of 30. But more then likely we can expect his AVG to drop 20 points and his OBP and SLG to drop 30 a piece. Damon has had a couple of pretty impressive seasons before 2004. His last two years with Kansas City in 1999 and 2000 he had some good numbers. So his performance wasn't unprecidented. I just wouldn't get my hopes up. I don't know about you, but the guy could go 0 for 600 this year and I wouldn't really care. His on and off field performance last year made everything well worth it.